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Thursday, March 26, 2015

ESL Teacher Blog: Girls Don’t Do That? Watch ‘Makers’ and Find Out

Thinking of the next topic for your intermediate/advanced group? Look no further - this storytelling platform will fascinate, inspire and introduce your class to the most influential American women of the last half century.

Makers is a collection of video interviews with women who have made an impact on women’s rights in various fields (politics, sports, entertainment, business, writing etc.). Started in the U.S., the project has recently been expanded to China and Canada and highlights the well- and lesser known influential women of these countries.

The women’s stories are also told through 6 documentaries where they reflect on their experiences and struggles to overcome domestic violence, gender and racial inequalities and break stereotypes that ‘women can never be in charge’ in historically man-dominated fields (politics, war, space, comedy).

It’s captivating to listen to these feminist trailblazers who paved the road for other women in their fields whose careers would have been impossible without their contributions. Reflecting on their past, these courageous women offer words of wisdom invaluable to anyone aspiring to build a career and take leadership roles within organizations or institutions.

These interviews reinforce the message that ‘you can be anything you want to be regardless of your gender/race’ which for our students means ‘nothing can hold you back from achieving your goal (not your background, fears, failures, English proficiency) if you truly aspire to it.

POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 7:07 PM   0 Comments  Add Comment


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